RNLI lifeboat station opens doors to public

Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat in action. Photo: RNLISkegness. Crew members will be welcoming the public to the lifeboat station this weekend.
Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat in action. Photo: RNLISkegness. Crew members will be welcoming the public to the lifeboat station this weekend.

Skegness RNLI will open its doors this weekend with a special invitation for visitors to discover more about the lifeboat station.

The station is particularly keen to meet anyone interested in volunteering for a number of roles that help save lives at sea, including fundraisers, retail shop staff and even operational lifeboat crew members.

Volunteering is at the heart of everything the RNLI does in its mission to save lives according to coxswain Ray Chapman, who will be on hand throughout the weekend offering guided tours on board the Lincolnshire Poacher lifeboat

Ray said: “Having been a volunteer myself for over 40 years, I know how rewarding volunteering for a charity can be. We have some great opportunities for anyone who can offer some of their valuable time, from just a couple of hours a year fundraising at a supermarket collection, all the way up to enrolling as a new trainee lifeboat crew member.

‘The RNLI has always relied on volunteers across the country fundraising to keep the boats afloat and this is your opportunity to get involved.”

Ray and crew members will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions and give guided tours of the Lincolnshire Poacher and Peterborough Beer Festival IV lifeboats.

With the station scheduled to receive a brand new Shannon class lifeboat in early 2017, this is an exciting time to get involved.

It is also a rare opportunity to get a guided tour inside the Lincolnshire Poacher lifeboat which was funded by the generosity of the people of Lincolnshire through a major fundraising appeal in the late 1980s.

Ray added: “We know that not everyone can volunteer their time, but it’s amazing how many locals I talk to that have never visited the station or seen the lifeboats. So even if you’re unable to offer your time as a volunteer, we’d love to welcome you to the station for a cup of tea or coffee and show you around.”

The station will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21.